Carlson School of Management

Winter 2011



Welcome to Carlson Global Institute and the first on-line communication of our Going Global Newsletter!

For those of you who have been receiving a hard copy of our newsletter and keeping up-to-date with our efforts — thank you for your support. And for those of you new to us — we welcome you!

The Carlson Global Institute (formerly International Programs) leads the Carlson School of Management's global strategy. Celebrating over 25 years of global initiatives in management education, research, and outreach, the Carlson School is one of the first business schools in the United States to introduce an international business requirement, boasts over 50,000 alumni in 78 countries, and offers two top-ranked Global Executive MBA programs.

Our mission is to lead global management education, research and outreach and serve as a catalyst for you, our stakeholders here and around the world, to function as an interactive global network that generates new interactions and new knowledge toward the development of globally mindful leaders.

Going Global is a way for us to share stories about the impact of these initiatives on the global mindset and development of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and corporate and community partners around the world.

Our on-line format allows us to update you quarterly and hopes to encourage you and/or your organization to get involved and share your time and talent.

Again, welcome to Going Global — we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and involvement — we are unable to be successful without your involvement and contributions!


Michael Houston, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives

Anne D'Angelo, Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives


Vienna Executive MBA Program Ranked by Financial Times

The Carlson School's Vienna Executive MBA (VEMBA) Program, a partnership with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, was ranked 38th in the
2011 Financial Times EMBA rankings.

This ranking placed the VEMBA Program among the top 40 programs in the world for the first time and among the top 15 Executive MBA programs in the European Union. Furthermore, the VEMBA program was ranked 20th worldwide for students' "career progress" and 13th globally for "international course experience."

University of Minnesota Ranked Among Top Universities in the World by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus 14th among Economics and Business Institutions around the world in 2011.

The annual rankings, which began in 2003, are based on

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes in Economics since 1961
  • Staff winning Turing Awards in computer science since 1961
  • Highly cited researchers in economics and business
  • Papers indexed in Social Science Citation Index in economics and business fields
  • Percentage of papers published in the top 20 percent of journals of economics and business fields to that in all economics and business journals

For the full list, visit the Shanghai ranking webpage.


Research Agenda Outlined with the Launch of the Carlson Global Institute

The Carlson Global Institute (CGI) is expanding its initiatives to incorporate research into the issues and impacts of global management education.

Global management education focuses on the global context of management, integrating key learning goals and experiences to enhance global awareness, mindfulness, and competence of leaders. Knowledge of core managerial principles in global context, skills in intercultural communication and understanding, and attitudes that are open to new perspectives and adaptive to varying environments equip today's leaders with deeper and more effective working relationships around the world.

The Carlson School has made a commitment that all undergraduate and MBA students will participate in a global experience as an integral part of the curricula. The research agenda of CGI seeks to understand the near- and long-term impact of global experiential learning on organizations and their leaders and how different education abroad experiences affect the development of global competencies.

CGI is currently studying Part-time and Full-time MBA students to assess their past global experiences and their current perceptions of their own global mindset. The research, led by Assistant Dean Anne D'Angelo and Associate Dean Michael Houston, seeks to uncover how one's experience at the Carlson School and abroad enhances one's global awareness, understanding, and competence. Findings of this study are forthcoming. For more information about this study or to learn more about the results, contact D'Angelo at

What is the Impact of Education Abroad on Carlson Undergraduate Students?

Professional staff and faculty at Carlson School often hear students describe their education abroad experience as having "changed their lives" and we know that the skills, knowledge, and abilities that the students gain are of interest to corporations.
Learn more


CIBER Offers Cross-Cultural Training for Area Businesses through a Partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota

Doing business successfully in China requires knowledge of the language and cultural aspects that characterize Chinese business relationships. In October 2011, participants from companies in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area gathered for a half-day Chinese language and culture seminar. Highlights from the workshop included learning appropriate expressions for greeting and introducing colleagues, hosting and receiving guests, dining and toasting in a business setting, and bargaining and networking. One participant said learning "how to approach conflict or disagreements with Chinese colleagues, and dining etiquette" was very helpful.

CIBER and the Confucius Institute will host a second workshop in January 2012.

CIBER Presents an Opportunity for Professionals to Learn about CSR in Scandinavia

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword. Many companies are coming to the conclusion that their sustainability efforts can lead to competitive advantage. Scandanavian countries have been at the forefront of the sustainability conversation. They have long demonstrated strong and balanced economic, environmental, and societal performances at the national, corporate, and academic levels.  

CIBER is pleased to announce its Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program in Scandinavia — Sustainability and CSR. The program will be conducted June 5-12, 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. This is a unique professional development opportunity for faculty and professionals interested or engaged in sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in their organizations.

Program participants will visit world-leading corporations, as well as meet with governmental and non-governmental organizations and academics. They will attend the Copenhagen Business School's Strategic Business–NGO Partnerships Conference, and discuss contemporary research on sustainability and CSR issues. The program will be led by Robert Strand, a PhD Fellow at the Copenhagen School of Business Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and the instructor of the Carlson School's MBA Ethics Seminar in Scandinavia.
Learn more


CIBER First Year Impacts

The Center for International Business Education and Research's (CIBER) initiatives focus on three key themes: emerging markets, environmental sustainability, and less-commonly taught languages. In just one year, CIBER has enhanced education abroad programs for students, and provided professional development opportunities for regional business people, university faculty, and K-16 teachers.

Since its launch in October 2010, CIBER's programs have reached

  • 469 companies
  • 8 undergraduate business language students who were awarded scholarships to study Spanish, Chinese, French, and German
  • 4 faculty members from regional higher education institutions who participated in professional development programs in China; Kenya and Tanzania and Brazil, Argentina, and Chile
  • 43 K-16 teachers at 12 schools
  • 928 elementary, middle school and high school students
  • 4 business faculty and 2 PhD students who were awarded a total of $22,000 in research grants

Undergrad Students Visit India to Study IT, Return Home with Life Lessons

IDSC 3001 is an information technology (IT) core course taken by all Carlson School Undergraduate students. For 16 students who took the class from Professor Ravi Bapna last year, it was more than just an IT course. It was a life-changing experience. Learn more


Get Engaged

Upcoming Events

January 27, 2012

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture for Business

Join CIBER and the Confucius Institute for a half-day Chinese language and culture orientation, 8:30 a.m. — Noon
Followed by at the Tea House, 12:15 — 1:30 p.m.
University International Center, room 101

February 24, 2012

Emerging Markets Symposium

This symposium will feature MBA student presentations from their January 2012 global experience in China and Chile, and a luncheon panel of international business leaders from Minnesota multinationals. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carlson School of Management.

Visit after January 1, 2012 for details and to register.


Other Ways to Engage with Us 

The Carlson Global Institute provides a variety of opportunities for organizations and individuals to engage with us. Opportunities include hosting site visits here and abroad, live case sponsorships, guest speakers, and financial support for student scholarships, research, and program development. If you are interested in learning more, contact Jennifer Hawkins at 612-624-4334 or

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